By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2007 at 5:24 pm
Did you see that a lorry driver has been fined £260 for smoking in his cab?
Leonard King is one of the first to fall foul of regulations that stop workers lighting up in business vehicles. His lorry, which carried a no smoking sign, was parked when a council dog warden spotted him puffing away. The official decided to take down the number plate when Mr King flicked his finished cigarette out of the window and drove off. The vehicle was traced to Rhyl, North Wales, where anti-smoking legislation was introduced in April, three months ahead of England. Work vehicles used by more than one person must be ‘smoke-free at all times’, according to the Department of Health. Only work vehicles used by a single driver are exempt. Mr King, a father of two, was issued with fixed penalties for smoking illegally in his cab and for littering.
I’m sorry but this is surreal. Here is a man, on his own, in a parked lorry, choosing to smoke in it. What’s the problem? Surely this is a matter of personal liberty being stubbed out by the health fascists!
By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2007 at 12:25 pm
Part of the illusion to the Northern Ireland peace process is the idea that the terrorists have all gone away and are all in conflict resolution mode. Its rubbish, of course. Comes the news that two men are recovering after being beaten with baseball bats during a paramilitary-style punishment attack in north Belfast last night. The assault was carried out in Ainsworth Street by three men wearing balaclavas.The victims, both aged 21, are receiving treatment in hospital, but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Oh well – so long as these are only "paramilitary style" beatings and so long as the injuries aren’t life threatening then that’s all OK? Right?
By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2007 at 12:11 pm
I don’t know what you think BUT I wish that the late Princess Diana could be allowed to just rest in peace with the freakshow media circus. I read that intimate details of Princess Diana’s life will be heard at the inquest into her death, but evidence of pregnancy may never be known, a judge has said. Lord Justice Scott Baker said scientific evidence might not be able to demonstrate either way that she was pregnant when she died in a car crash. What has this to do with anything? She is dead. It’s the past. How painful to those who loved her to have this continually flogged by the media to boost their sales. Al Fayed’s wild allegations are distasteful and I don’t see why there has to be ANOTHER inquest. But just think of all those media headlines…
By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2007 at 10:00 am
When it comes to statues, I veer towards the true heroes and heroines of our land. whether it be Lady Thatcher, the Prime Minister who changed our land from a fool’s paradise into a decent place to live; my own boyhood hero whose likeness is illuminated by the words, "Jackie Milburn, a Footballer and a Gentleman", Lord Nelson, the Admiral who could rightly be said to have saved our Nation, or the pugnacious figure of Sir Winston Churchill, the individual whose personal impact on the British political and global scene still casts tremors down the annals of history.
I dismiss as sheer irrelevancies the luvvies’ favourites, the statue of the terrorist Mandela or the grotesque image set upon the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, but I really would like to view the people’s true favourite, in a prominent position outside Downing Street, for example; just to remind our Gordon of the truth "Remember that you too are but human!"
By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2007 at 8:36 am
I was on the Nolan Show this morning on BBC Radio Ulster discussing the latest initiative by Belfast City Council to crack down on hooliganism and criminality in City Parks and Leisure Centres by…sending a letter from the Council to the parents of the rioters/thugs. My view is that they may as well send the letter to Santa! If you want to crack down on this behaviour in public areas you need to do three things;
1. Zero tolerance towards all anti-social behavior in these areas enforced by the POLICE.
2. Junk the whole "multi-agency joined up thinking" drivel that characterises Belfast City Council.
3. Ensure our KJudiciary punish those who come in front of them for riotous behaviour in these open areas. I would also fine the parents of those under the age of criminal responsibility so that they share the pain that their hoodlum off-spring cause.
Don’t think Stephen Nolan liked me attacking Belfast City Council but I think most listeners agree with my point of view on this. It’s not for Park Rangers, or even the Lone Ranger, to be policing public spaces! It is the duty of the PSNI. However they are far too busy persecuting motorists for driving one mile over the lega limit to do anything about this.
By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2007 at 8:07 am
Did you read that the Government appointed media regulator Ofcom has called for a national debate on the future of children’s TV in Britain, saying just 17% of output is now homegrown? It stressed that such shows attract more than a third of all viewing. In a report, Ofcom said parents were understandably concerned about the decline in British-made programmes in favour of cartoons and US imports. It said investment by ITV1, GMTV, Channel 4 and Five had halved in real terms since 1998.
I heard this being discussed on the BBC earlier. The BBC has apparently maintained its output of children’s TV programmes. No one saw fit to mention that there has been a huge loss in advertising revenue into the commercial channel stream over the past few years. Why? Government has stopped those companies who have products to sell to children advertising during the hours of children’s TV! Having turned off the revenue stream which funds the commercial channels, they DARE criticise them for responding in the only way any business can by adjusting their cost base! This seems to be a veiled attack on commercial TV and an attempt to prop up Statism.
By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2007 at 7:52 am
When one sees the plethora of signs telling the reader to do this, or more often ‘don’t do that'; the ones which really annoy me are those which attempt to spread the instruction further than the legislation allows.
When you see a sign in the entrance of a hospital stating that smoking is not allowed "On the Street’ adjacent to the entrance, you must accept that the health fascists have spread their web further than ever, despite the actual fact that, as the street and the adjoining pavement form the public highway, the hospital has no jurisdiction on any area past their own physical boundaries, and they are just putting the sign up because they feel able to!
When I see signs such as this:-
or even this:-
I don’t really mind, but the one sign I really want to see displayed all over this once-proud country, would be a local version of this!
By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2007 at 7:26 am
I think it was the Four Tops who sang "Reach out, I’ll be there" and today will see British Conservative Leader Call Me Dave Cameron "reaching out" to all those who currently don’t vote, imploring them to join his "positive politics"!! LOL – but is it possible to conceive of a more stupid strategy? There may be many reasons why people don’t vote but I dare say one of the major ones is because they see no-one worth voting for! The notion that a Tony Blair wannabe who flits in the wind policy wise can INSPIRE the non-voting into the polling booth is risible. I’ve noticed that a few otherwise sensible commentators, such as Melanie Phillips and Richard Littlejohn have given a two cheers for Cameron this week, but they’re grasping at straws.
By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2007 at 3:33 am
The US State Department often seems more interested in leaking secrets to the New York Times than fighting islamofascism. Democrats have their hands full pandering to Syria and pandering to their rabid constituency, the anti-war left, which is financed by billionaire George Soros and Moveon.org. The CIA does not impress with its competence. And the Bush Administration is not media savvy. The result? Web sites involved in recruitment of violent Islamic jihad are left alone to thrive and multiply.
Dr. Rusty Shackleford and his intrepid band of Jawa warriors over at The Jawa Report fight the good fight on behalf of Western Civilization – single-handedly identifying and taking out jihadi web sites.
God Bless you, Rusty – whoever you might be – for doing the work others cannot do, or (worse) will not do.
By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2007 at 2:21 am
No……not me…Ann Coulter!
“If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president.”
I’m offended! I’m a woman…and I’m definitely not voting Democrat!
But…then…here she is quoting Chesterton:
On why global warming is religion on the left:
“Because we can’t prove them wrong for a thousand years, and I think the other thing about it is, it goes back to Chesterton’s statement: that when people stop believing in God, the problem isn’t that they believe in nothing, it’s that they’ll believe anything.”
Maybe not a dumb blond, afterall? Or, just proof that even a blind squirrel can find a chestnut once in while?